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Amazing Grace Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample Amazing Grace (Unabridged), by Jonathan Kozol
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 5 (3,182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Kozol Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Audio Length: Release Date:
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Amazing Grace is a book about the hearts of children who grow up in the South Bronx - the poorest congressional district of our nation.

The children we meet through the deepening friendships that evolve between Janathan Kozol and their families defy the stereotypes of urban youth too frequently presented on TV and in newspapers. Tender, generous, and often religiously devout, they speak with painful clarity about the poverty and racial isolation that have wounded but not hardened them.

It's not like being in a jail, says 15-year-old Isabel. It's more like being hidden. It's as if you have been put in a garage where, if they don't have room for something but aren't sure if they should throw it out, they put it there where they don't need to think of it again.

Without rhetoric, but drawing extensively upon the words of children, parents, and priests, this book does not romanticize or soften the effects of violence and sickness. Amazing Grace makes clear that the postmodern ghetto of America is not a social accident but is created and sustained by greed, neglect, racism, and expedience. It asks questions like, What is the value of child's life? What do we plan to do with those whom we have decided are superfluous? How tough do we dare to be?

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Windy | 2/19/2014

    " I just remember thinking how sad this book was. It made me wish I could bring those kids into my own home and provide for them. I'm so grateful I can provide so much for my own children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Melanie Harwood | 2/5/2014

    " In my top 5 best books I've ever read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Amy | 1/24/2014

    " New York City slums from the perspective of the kids that live there. The author's sincere attempt to describe life for a select group of kids by compiliting the results of numerous interviews. I knew there was extreme poverty in parts of New York City (and crime, drugs, higher rates of AIDS, gangs), but I had no idea that the "public services" (schools, hospitals, parks, and city services) were so, so bad....dirty hospital rooms that patients have to clean themselves, classrooms meeting in bathrooms, buildings not inspected by the City because inspectors didn't feel 'safe' entering, kids with an average asthma rate 9 times that of kids across town...seriously? You should read this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by calandra | 1/17/2014

    " a good book on life in the inner city. kozol is an expert in this field of sociology. i read this book when i was interested in learning more about the troubled inner city. "

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